Rebuilding Hope: One Year on from the Devastating Turkey-Syria Earthquakes

Rebuilding Hope: One Year on from the Devastating Turkey-Syria Earthquakes

On February 6th 2023, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Syria and Turkey. More than 200 aftershocks followed. Thousands lost their lives and immense damage was caused to already fragile buildings.

With the support of generous Kiwis and ChildFund supporters around the world, ChildFund Alliance member WeWorld was able to respond to the immediate and mid-term and long-term needs of communities in Syria.

WeWorld has operated in Syria since 2011 and creates tailored approaches to help the most vulnerable communities where it’s needed most.

We’d love to share some of the key activities you have supported, and what’s still to come.

Immediate response reached 279,475 people across:

  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
    • Clean drinking water provided to 40,950 people across 23 neighbourhoods in the city of Aleppo where water networks were damaged.
    • 229,600 people gained access to water following the rehabilitation of 206 malfunctioning water points.
  • Shelter and Non-Food Items
    • 6,925 people received mattresses, blankets hygiene materials, diapers, and family hygiene kits.
  • Education
    • 2,000 students attended non-formal education sessions to help students catch up.

Mid-term and long-term responses already achieved:

  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene:
    • 80,000 people reached through the restoration of a water pumping station.
    • 40,000 people reached through the rehabilitation of a pumping station which is connected to 40 communities.
    • 16,028 people in shelters and hosting communities received 3,670 hygiene kits.
    • 440,000 will have their water access resumed and improved through repair and replacement of water pipes.
  • Education:
    • 20,231 children supported with safe and inclusive learning spaces throughout 22 rehabilitated schools.
    • 14 temporary learning centres set up for 2,137 children which included homework cafes, summer clubs, and the chance to catch up on classes.
    • 12,760 children provided with recreational activities and psychosocial support.

While so much has already been achieved, there are ongoing activities planned over the next year. What’s next:

  1. 440,000 individuals will benefit from improved access to water through the rehabilitation and replacement of 3 pipelines.
  2. 5,000 households will receive hygiene kits, dignity kits, and diaper kits.
  3. 5 schools will continue to be rehabilitated.

Being able to act quickly in times like these is key. Thanks again for your life-saving support. It’s making a huge impact on communities in need.